Friday, March 22, 2013

Art Projects: Wooden Plaques

Yesterday I went to Hobby Lobby for the sole purpose of ....browsing. :)  That place just gets my juices flowing, but enough about my love affairs with the ultimate craft shops in the world.  Ever since I blogged about wooden plank art, I have had it on the brain...obsessing.  As I browsed, I started sprouting ideas.  I typically don't buy pre-made home decor unless it's REALLY cheap.  I found a couple of mirrors that were under $5 and thought....hmmm.  I love mirrors and putting them on a decorative piece of wood?  Now we're talkin'!

I started off with those cheap wooden plaques, pre-cut and sanded.  I touch them, I see the vision and I was off to get the rest of my necessities.


2 Wood Plaques, 2 small wooden mirrors, black paint, green tree limp scrap book paper, mod podge, 
super glue, sponges, *optional sanding sponge

I painted both boards first and the paint dried really quickly.  I didn't care that much about making it perfect because I would eventually cover them with paper and distress them.


Once dry I cut and mod podged the scrap book paper to the boards. 

(Pay no attention to the ugly bubbles in this one on the right, it worked itself out as it dried.  Magic!)

I then started working on project #2, I'm just good like that.  
I seriously think I might be part octopus.

You can see that I'm going to use that cool distressed diamond pattern paper.  
Love the color and pattern together...SO rad!
(I know that the boards aren't 100% covered with paint but again, paper is going there.)

Next, I took this softer type of sanding sponge to distress the paint and ran it over the top of the dried mod podge.
  
Not sure if you can see it or not, I wasn't able to capture it's new beauty on camera. :I

Super glue time!  The mirrors came with a hanger attached so I just removed it for a smoother mount.  I centered and then glued it down (pay close attention to the instructions for any type of glue that you use).  I am not sure if hot glue would've worked on these because the mirrors were on the heavy side, but it might.  I was scared if I didn't use super glue that they would come crashing down in the  middle of the night. 

Voile! 


And here is project #2 drying.  I then used the same sanding sponge to distress them as well.

Finished!  Aren't they cool????  I felt the need to add a bird (wall stickers) to each one so they would tie in with this other piece.   LOVE.



Yesterday was a day of many projects, actually this week has been full of projects!  I love it when I have what seems like a million ideas and can implement a few. :)  Sometimes it's quite overwhelming to have this brain inside of me, but I'm proud of what comes through my thoughts and my overflowing "box" of ideas.

The pieces I make are so inexpensive and so simple ...give them a try.  You will amaze yourself. :)

***Want some more amazing wood art ideas ???  Who doesn't??!  My sister-in-law is a master crafter in her own right and from time to time, with her permission, I will feature her amazing skills in the things she creates!  
Here are a couple of art projects she has done with wood...awesomeness.


Thanks for sharing your ideas, Lynda!

Thanks for stopping by!
Have a creative day!
~Lori


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